Oregon Senate Votes To Allow Dementia Patients To Be Starved to Death

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One national talk show host stated that “Liberalism is a mental disorder”, and that may not be far from the truth. Oregon has led the nation recently with outlandish regulations, laws, policies, etc. The sad part is that Portland and Eugene drive the craziness for the whole state, which is largely non-liberal.  TN Editor

A bill allowing the starvation and dehydration of dementia and mentally ill patients against their will passed the Oregon Senate 17-13 on June 8.

Oregon Right to Life has been battling SB494 since it was introduced, warning it’s a “devious” bill that’s “craftily written so as to hide its true intent.”

SB494 would remove safeguards in Oregon law that protect the right of patients to receive food and water as part of basic treatment. It would give healthcare representatives power to potentially coerce doctors into starving patients against their will.

Under current Oregon law, if it’s unclear what a mentally incompetent person desires or wants, the person’s healthcare representative does not have the authority to end the incompetent person’s life unless the person is in a specific end-of-life situation.

SB494 was introduced after a dispute between the husband of an Alzheimer’s patient and her nursing home. The patient, Nora Harris, had filled out an advance directive saying she didn’t want to be fed intravenously.

She began needing helping using utensils. Harris could still eat with her hands and was still expressing a desire to eat.

Her husband filed a lawsuit to get her nursing home to stop feeding her.

The nursing home, Fern Gardens, said it would not force Harris to eat but that it only wanted to continue providing her the option of basic food and water. Mr. Harris lost; the Harris family maintains that their mother would want to be starved and dehydrated rather than live in such a state.

The way advance directives currently work in Oregon preserves Oregonians’ ability to receive food and hydration even if they lose mental competency. SB494 would undermine this.

“In spite of amendments, SB494 remains a deadly bill,” Gayle Atteberry, executive director of Oregon Right to Life, told LifeSiteNews via email. “It is a tragedy that the liberal senators believed the talking points of the big insurance companies and right-to-die proponents about this bill.”

Atteberry said SB494 was sold “as a basic ‘update’ to Oregon law. The reality is that it will remove current safeguards in Oregon’s advance directive statute that protect conscious patients’ access to ordinary food and water when they no longer have the ability to make decisions about their own care.”

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selena
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WELL, what they cannot do to an animal was already done as in Terri Schiavo’s case, so it’s up to the people of OreGONE to yell and scream nonstop as the state does not have the right ,who empowered THEM ?
Take this right from that angle and degree of severity–WHO EMPOWERED THEM ?

Joe
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We need legislation mandating starving legislators to death, upon the majority vote of their constituents.

Diogenes
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You would be justifiably arrested if you did this to a pet dog or cat.

Nice work, Oregon Democrats.. Your socialism seems to be 100% national socialism these days.

batavia
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This is Third Reich sh*t……

Paul Slash
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Recall that, in the USSR, disagreeing with the government was an obvious symptom of insanity, and would justify involuntary commitment in a mental facility. It would be a short step, for democrats, to declaring one “demented” and killing any opposition…

LKZ
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Godly nurses and doctors will NOT do this.
This is murder.

ceseme
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Even if somebody states that they would rather be starved than live in a certain way, they are doing so without any real experience of what that would entail. How do they know that they wouldn’t change their mind about such a decision once they began experiencing the reality of it? Then it would be too late and they might be unable to voice their objection. What kind of husband is that who would subject his wife to such a fate? Why doesn’t Mr. Harris go without food and water for an extensive period of time and see what it… Read more »
Fern
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If this was voted on then post the names and the party they belong to.

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